Land to the north of the Swan Valley Bypass section of the project is set for extensive residential, industrial and commercial development, ensuring Ellenbrook becomes a vital regional centre.
Major developers, such as Dale Alcock, believe the highway and the resulting developments would be the making of Ellenbrook and the land to the north.
‘The one thing Ellenbrook has missing is the availability of work nearby,’ he said.
‘There’s a lot of tradesmen and the like nearby who are not always working locally.
‘We now have the potential of having industrial, commercial and logistical land on our doorstep ” it’s the missing piece of the jig-saw puzzle.
‘Once that first leg of the highway comes through adjacent to Ellenbrook, I think a lot of people will say ‘wow’ and realise what it opens up in terms of employment opportunities and further logical development to the north.’
Mr Alcock said land development could start going ahead north of Ellenbrook once the southern-most part of the Perth-Darwin Highway (PDH) commenced and the overpasses on Tonkin Highway were under way.
Farther up the road is the Northern Gateway Industrial Park (NGIP) at Bullsbrook, which is situated between the future PDH and Great Northern Highway.
Sirona Capita owns NGIP. Managing director Matthew McNeilly said the highway had put the industrial area on the map.
The prospect of infrastructure such as the highway and the proposed intermodal terminal suggests NGIP is well-positioned for the future provision of much-needed industrial land, he said.
‘There is the potential for employment opportunities for ultimately 10,000 people in logistics, transport and freight as well as support services for the mining, oil and gas industries.’
A proposed intermodal terminal, incorporating train and road freight terminals, is also in contention close to the Bullsbrook development.
The City of Swan reckons construction of the PDH would be a significant employment generator and economic driver at local, state and national levels.